Whenever I read cold war era books, there seems to be an ongoing theme that the tobaccos used by the soviets were somehow inferior to those grown and consumed in the west. I know a lot of members have grown and smoked bulgarian/hungarian tobaccos and so I put out to the forum - what was the cause of the percieved inferiority? Was it the seed? The growing conditions? Poor manufacturing? Or was it actually fine and the narrative was simply anti-communist propaganda? Genuinely curious if anyone has any insight into this.